“The Sense of an Ending”

September 4, 2011 at 4:40 pm | Posted in Fiction | Leave a comment

Okay, The Sense of an Ending may be only 150 pages long, but it’s nevertheless a weighty book of such power that I think Julian Barnes may well come home with the Booker Prize this year.  There.  I said it.  If this book isn’t on the short list I’m going to hang up my keyboard.

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This is the sort of book I like best:  one that deals more with philosophical questions and ethical dilemmas than plot or character.  It takes a strong authorial voice to suck us in and convince us that we are not only reading a character’s thoughts, but rarefied thoughts beyond what we are probably coming up with ourselves.  The Sense of an Ending raises some thorny questions about our memories and our judgment of our own character.

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